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Can the case of the IBM 350 computer be opened without the latch?

\015 I found an old IBM 350 computer.It is a nice steel desktop case.I read that the way to get into the screwless case is to use the release latch that is in the back of the case. But what little bit of it I can find doesn't open the case when I press it. I think maybe it has been partially broken off. What does it supposed to look like? Which way should it be pushed or pulled to work it? Can the case be opened without it????\015

Answers :

No, the case cannot be opened without using the release latch (Button)

What I believe has transpired, is a situation that I ran into a few years ago, with a computer case that used a similar setup.

I'm afraid my solution won't sound very professional at first glance.

What transpired on the case in question that I was working on, is that the slide button for the latch had come loose, from the latch mechanism.

Come loose due to someone trying to forcibly open the case. They also bent 'Fingers' of the case, that holds the sliding latch mechanism in place.

I found the metal mechanism was made up of two parts, and a spring held the sliding part of the latch in the locked position.

Apparently someone had tried to access the case with the latch, and had no luck. Then they tried to use some sort of leverage device to force the case open, bending one of the two parts of the latch, and part of the case itself. ('Fingers')

The case has small metal 'Fingers' that hold the non-sliding part of the metal latch in place, and also the sliding part.

(Picture a small U shape, stamped into a flat piece of metal. The U shape is actually cut through the metal, with the top, or flat part not cut out.
Now bend the bottom of the U, out of the flat piece.
They sort of resemble 'Fingers')

These 'Fingers' are wrapped around the non-sliding part of the metal latch, and sliding part.
The keep the latch in place.

When bent out, they don't let the Sliding part of the latch, slide over all the way.

All the way, to release a hook at the end of the sliding part of the latch, out of a corresponding small rectangular hole in the computer case.

I had to use finesse, and a flat tip screwdriver. I had to insert the flat tip into the top edge of the panel, and slightly bend it out. (The top edge of the panel above the latch mechanism)

Then with the gap large enough, I slid the flat tip screwdriver down into the case, and proceeded to bend the 'Fingers' out further. When I bent two fingers on top far enough out, the latch mechanism was then loose enough to drop partially out.

I could then open the case. Once I saw how the makeup of the mechanism was made, I then proceeded to straighten the case back to where it was.

Straightened the parts of the metal latch, and reinstalled it into the cover panel, and re-bent the Fingers back into position.
Then I attached the spring, and adjusted the sliding latch to make sure it worked okay.

Sorry I was so lengthy, but after you have fixed your problem, I believe you'll find it is very hard to describe this latch, and how to fix a bent one.

I wish I could have just stated, 'Insert this tool here at this spot, and give it a click to the right'.

Nope.

Regards,
joecoolvette
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